July 22 - A Strong Team

The Berg Adventures Elbrus team at the top of the pass

Wayne climbs up the passThis morning's report is coming to you on the 22nd of July and it’s another crystal clear beautiful morning in the Caucasus mountains.  The group has just dispersed from breakfast to go back to their rooms and pack up their large packs to move up onto our glacier camp tonight where we will be in position tomorrow to go do our first full-scale travel day on snow, glacier-ice and up into the higher passes of the Caucasus mountains.  It will be a beautiful day in its own right and it will be challenging I can assure you and of course it will be good training for Elbrus.

Yesterday on our climb up to the pass we ascended 4600 vertical feet (1402 m) and the team traveled really well together.  Vladimir who you know from previous Berg Adventures Caucasus summer trips and as well as Alex who you will also know who are our Russian guides commented that this team seems very strong together.  As Vladimir said, even if the weather gets bad, a team that is strong together will do fine.  I couldn’t agree more.

Peter enjoys the beautiful views of the CaucasusWe’re having a great time, our legs are sore from yesterday but the group looked very recuperated this morning as we met at breakfast and got ready for further adventures.  So tonight we will be camping but we should be able to give you a dispatch tomorrow morning or along the way as we climb higher and condition ourselves more for, ultimately, our attempt on Mount Elbrus.

Above: Comet Hale-Bopp over Mt. Elbrus from Pik Terskol, Caucasus, April '97. ©"Observers", AlltheSky.com